Fancy a nice U2 book?


That’s what Peter Neill is asking you.

This professional photographer whose specialty is music photography has a portfolio which includes Billboard magazine, Coldplay and U2. During U2‘s 360° Tour he captured with his camera Sheffield’s concerts in 2009 and Paris’ ones in 2010 ; you can take a look at the result on his Facebook page.

Now Peter Neill is asking you the following on Facebook : “U2 People, Have you any interest in a U2 photobook, coffee table style.. If I can find a book printer with the right pricing so I can sell it affordably I may do one?” With the good feedback he got from that idea, Peter Neill said next : “this was unexpected, I really have to make that book”. He’s starting the legal process in order to get his book printed. In order to do so he also needs your help: if you know a high quality book printing service with modest pricing, you can send him its information by mail: [email protected]

We also suggest you to go have a look at his Facebook page to add a ‘Like’ on his post, follow the project updates and take this opportunity to view the photos he made of other artists: they’re worth a look!

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Summer 2012’s summary

You want to keep up with U2 news but you don’t have time to? No problem: U2France offers you a summary of last month’s news regarding U2 as well as a memo pad of its forthcoming events and a review of the progress – or not – of its album and tour plans.

The summary is back after a 2-month break: the lack of news led to a pause with great expectations for its come back. The first lines – written at the beginning of the week – were not full of hope, luckily very good news have appeared in the following days in the ‘notepad’ section…



Bono’s holidays

As it must be one of U2‘s most quiet time, news were mainly about Bono‘s adventures during his holidays. It all started at the Avignon festival, where the singer stopped by before heading to Saint Tropez. It was quite hard to miss Bono in his loud yellow trousers which amused both the press and several fans. It’s been an opportunity for U2 fans to get some material for U2 talk, by analyzing the poorly matched Bono‘s outfit and the usual weight he puts on every summer.

During his holidays Bono also got involved in more serious matters, among which an appearance in the African version of Big Brother in order to talk about the ONE association to the contestants. Talking about real TV: Bono denied the rumor that [he would be a judge http://www.u2france.com/actu/Bono-l… in shows such as X Factor and American Idol. Despite being inundated with such invitations U2‘s singer strongly refuses to commit in such things.



Being always very charitable, Bono also sent his smile to the young Miro Angers, a 12 years old boy who suffers from an unoperable brain tumor. In order to show him support a website has been created so that everyone can send him a picture with a smile on it. As Bono got moved by the story of Miro he also sent him his smile. Unfortunately the tumor won over Miro a few days later…



Rumor: there won’t be an end of the world with U2

On August 22nd the Guatemaltan Culture Minister said an invitation had been sent to U2 in order to perform a concert on December 21st 2012, to celebrate the end of the Maya calendar, which is also – according to certain beliefs – the time the world will come to an end: people will have to celebrate Christmas early if they want to get presents. The participants list would be quite appealing: invitations were also sent to Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Elton John, Neil Young (and that’s not the full list).

Yet there are almost no chances to see the all four members of U2. Since 1990 the band has never agreed to take part in a show that was out of their promotional tours. The’ve been invited thousands of times but never accepted anything. The best case scenario would be an appearance of Bono who is used to playing mini concerts without his band since the 2000s.



A few summer bonuses…

As we got quite bored because of the complete absence of Larry and Adam and that the few public appearances of The Edge along with Bono were not quite satisfying, we did something else. First we wished a happy birthday to The Edge on August 8 then we wondered if the live album U22 was reaching our expectations. We also kept creating new photo albums on our Facebook page – making 2 new albums : When the rock star meets other celebrities, which is dedicated to Bono‘s meetings with other political and musical personalities, and Before…and now in which you’ll be able to see how U2 managed to evolve since 1980.



A review on U2’s projects

Quite a quick update…as there are no updates! So here is the review from the previous summary.



Danger Mouse could produce U2’s next album

Bonotold last month The Irish Voice that U2 keep working in studio with Danger Mouse, who could produce its next album. As always the Irish singer appeared to be very optimistic about their current studio sessions, even telling they could be their best ones since 1979. According to Bono: « U2 have to do something very special to have a reason to exist right now”. He seems to be pretty confident about that as he explains the collaboration with Danger Mouse «hit a vein» and that «there might be life in the old dog yet!» (the dog being U2, not Danger Mouse). The next album doesn’t seem to be ready yet, few are the chances to have it released by the end of 2012.



Next tour and album trilogy

As the next album is not ready yet, no tour is on the horizon before 2012 at least. After their 360° Tour, U2 members said they were willing to go back to indoor venues, and don’t plan to compete with The Claw when it comes to spectacular stages. Maybe will there be an indoor tour in 2014…
As long as the three potential albums to come (a rock album, a club album and an “ambient” album) are concerned, there are no more news, still it seems the project isn’t over. The “ambient” album was probably about songs that could have been on the Holy Grail called “Songs of Ascent” – an album that was supposed to be released shortly after No Line On The Horizon, including titles from the 2004 to 2009 sessions.






Memo pad

October : release of the official 360°’s photo book

‘From The Ground Up’ – a 256-page hardbook which puts together photos taken by Ralph Larmann during U2‘s last tour – is set to be released next october (we’re waiting for the final date). So far the publishing rights haven’t been sold to any French publishing company, so we don’t know if any French version of it will ever come out. However the book will be available in a German edition in October with the title U2 360° – Um die Welt in 760 Tagen – published by Koch.



End of 2012 : next U2.com’s gift for paying subscribers

The official website of the band has just announced that the next gift offered to paying subscribers of U2.com will be a special edition of the book ‘From The Ground Up’ including live tracks that didn’t make it on U22 — the current gift from U2.com. Those songs will be revealed in October. In order to get that special-edition book you’ll then have a choice: buying it as soon as it is out in store or waiting to get it through U2.com with extra live tracks. It looks like the only version you can get from the official website is the English one, there’s no mention of any other language.



Coming next: another hardbook about U2 on its way

The professional music photographer Peter Neill has decided to please U2 fans with the preparation of a hardbook including his pictures of the band taken during the 2009 Sheffield and 2010 Paris shows. His plan is to offer 2 versions of his book: a standard version and a limited-edition version in which fans will be offered the chance to choose the first-page picture. If you know a good and cheap publishing/editing company offering great quality at reasonable prices you can tell him by mail here: [email protected]. You can also follow his project updates on his Facebook page MusicShots.

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‘From The Ground Up’ and more live tracks from U2360°


From The Ground Up, the official photo book of the U2360° tour, is set for publication in just a couple of months.

This handsome hardback title, featuring photography from Ralph Larmann and text by Dylan Jones, will be published in October and is available to preorder from this weekend.

For anyone who treasures their memories of the extraordinary tour that was U2360°, this book captures the period like no other.

If you’re a U2.com subscriber (or considering it) we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be including a special edition of From The Ground Up as part of our 2012/2013 subscription offer.

Featuring the same text and photography, this edition of the book comes with a little something extra… more exclusive live tracks from U2360°.

That’s all we can reveal for now – full details of our new subscription package will be announced in October.

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Muse: ‘New album The 2nd Law is inspired by U2′

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has revealed that U2 have partly inspired their new album.









The singer explained that spending time with the Irish band on tour in South America last year helped influence their upcoming LP The 2nd Law.

“We toured with U2 last year in South America. And there’s definitely a little bit of influence come onto this album, a little bit of [1991 U2 album] Achtung Baby here and there,” he told Classic Rock magazine.

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U22: the live album of the 360° Tour

After a seven-month wait – and more – the U22 album finally reached the mailboxes of paying subscribers to U2.com. This live album of the 360° Tour includes 24 songs on 22 tracks which were chosen by fans. Is the album up to what was expected in order to live again the 360° tour?… Verdict


Author: Pauline
Translated by Florian

An (almost) representative tracklist of the tour

The U22 tracklisting is pretty sweet, including a version of Until The End Of The World dedicated to Frank Sinatra, Streets, or even Elevation – which stands up to its legend of being a perfect song for any rock concert. The most attractive thing about this tracklisting is that it preserves the highlights of the 360° tour: the come-back of songs that were gone missing such as (Zooropa, The Unforgettable Fire and Ultraviolet), songs that were hardly played but greatly enjoyed (One Tree Hill, Bad, Out Of Control and All I Want Is You/Love Rescue Me) and encore tracks.

Yet the tracklisting is not a good image of the differences between the several legs of the 360° tour. The 2011 legs are perfectly depicted – thanks to the 4 Achtung Baby tracks at the beginning of the show, but both 2009 and 2010 legs are almost forgotten. Unreleased titles played live in 2010 – which gave their uniqueness to the setlists – have totally gone missing; for a good reason though, as they were not among the tracks fans could elect except from Return of The Stingray Guitar. As far as 2009 shows are concerned, the tracklisting desperately lacks the songs from No Line On The Horizon that were played during the first legs. Unknown Caller was only just saved by U2.com – which offered it as a bonus – but other songs like No Line On the Horizon, Breathe, Crazy Tonight and Get On Your Boots didn’t get that chance.

The last unfortunate oversight – which leads the album not to be an exact rendition of the tour – is the absence of the Vertigo / Crazy Tonight / Sunday Bloody Sunday trio. When it comes to a double live album which aim is to make fans relive the 360° tour, it is hard to understand why those memorable songs are missing. Especially regarding Vertigo, even more powerful than during the Vertigo Tour.

U2 can’t be blamed for that: when you make a three-year tour with an evolutive setlist which changes from a year to another it gets pretty hard to give a perfectly reprsentative tracklisting of what the tour was using only 22 songs when 55 were played (covers excepted). In general the tracklisting remains faithful to what most setlists were.



Probably the best CD U2.com ever offered

The last two albums U2.com offered did not really get a warm welcome from fans because of an excess of remixes (on Artificial Horizon) and a lack of unreleased tracks (regarding Duals), so there were great expectations about U22.

Despite a tracklisting that was uneven on the whole tour, U22 is by far an excellent live album (even I, who is never satisfied and wrote this paper, got fulfilled since the first listen). The groundbreaking start with Real Thing and The Fly, the dream duo The Unforgettable Fire / Zooropa, the « Sinatra » version of Until The End of The World, the beautiful Bad, Ultraviolet and One Tree Hill, and the perfect ending with Moment of Surrender / Out of Control, are just so many good reasons to get this live album.

The sound quality if clearly better than what was proposed on the prior live recordings offered by U2.com: (Go Home and U2.Communication). It is thus easier to understand the long time it took to mix the album, which is the reason the album release got delayed. As far as the packaging is concerned, U2.com has also reached a higher level than usual. So far we were used to getting a poor paper sleeve in addition to the CD; this time U2.com actively participated by including a 22-page booklet filled with pictures – and quite good ones – of the tour. Even the cover – made from a Peter Rowen photo which was taken in Paris in 2010 – is much nicer than the austerity of the previous ones.

So, is it a success? Looks like it is. Among the nine CDs U2.com has ever offered, U22 is probably one of the best thanks to the large amount of tracks it contains and to its sound quality. Despite the forgetting of some tracks and an unpleasant wrong note on the City Of Blinding Lights chorus, all the other tracks reach a high standard, so does the album. With such an album fans will surely be able to experience again the 360° tour and tremble with pleasure…

EXCLUSIVE MUSIC: U22 – THE SOUNDTRACK OF U2360°

Last but not the least, the complete tracklist… again

U22 – THE DOUBLE-LIVE CD FROM U2360°
22 TRACKS SELECTED BY U2.COM SUBSCRIBERS

DISC ONE

1. EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING
Recorded at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, 15th May 2011

2. THE FLY
Recorded at Spartan Stadium, East Lancing 26 June 2011br>

3. MYSTERIOUS WAYS
Recorded at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town 18 February, 2011

4. MAGNIFICENT
Recorded at Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich, 11 September 2010

5. UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD
Recorded at Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, 14 May 2011

6. I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR
Recorded at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, 13 February 2011

7. STAY (FARAWAY, SO CLOSE!)
Recorded at Soldier Field, Chicago, 5 July 2011

8. ONE TREE HILL
Recorded at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, 26 November 2010

9. BEAUTIFUL DAY
Recorded at Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, 10 August 2009

10. ELEVATION
Recorded at Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, 3 August 2009

11. BAD
Recorded at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, 8 October 2010

DISC TWO

12. ALL I WANT IS YOU/LOVE RESCUE ME
Recorded at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, 14 December 2010

13. THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE
Recorded at Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg, 31 July 2009

14. ZOOROPA
Recorded at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, 22 June 2011

15. CITY OF BLINDING LIGHTS
Recorded at Parc Des Sports Charles-Ehrmann, Nice, 15 July 2009

16. MLK/WALK ON
Recorded at Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, 9 August 2009

17. ONE
Recorded at Hampden Park, Glasgow, 18 August 2009

18. WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME
Recorded at Stadion Slaski, Chorzow, 6 August 2009

19. ULTRA VIOLET (LIGHT MY WAY)
Recorded at Estadio De Coimbra, Coimbra, 3 October 2010

20. WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
Recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, 14 August 2009

21. MOMENT OF SURRENDER
Recorded at Subiaco Oval, Perth, 18 December 2010

22. OUT OF CONTROL
Recorded at Hippodrome De Montreal, Montreal, 9 July 2011

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If you’re among those who still haven’t received their copy: don’t lose hope! A shipping was made on Augst 13th.

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